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The Importance of Workplace Diversity

By Desiree Yang

As a multi-racial, cosmopolitan business hub, Singapore has only seen its diverse workforce become even more diverse. As of 2013, 66 per cent of the 1.46 million non-resident population was employed in lower/semi-skilled, mid-level skilled or higher-skilled positions. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of S$69,050 in 2013 – one of the highest in the world – such diversity has clearly positioned Singapore for global success. But while it’s important for companies to know how to go about increasing diversity in the workplace, it is equally important for them to know exactly why it’s encouraged. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I refuse my promotion if I am not keen on the new job scope?

Question: I’ve just been offered a promotion that brings with it new and weightier responsibilities. However, I really enjoy my current job and would no longer be required to cover most of my present responsibilities. Should I turn down the promotion?

Answer: Everyone dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. There are tons of resources dedicated to showing people how to advance their careers and net higher paying jobs. The offer of a promotion can also be immensely enticing, bringing with it the promise of a higher salary, more important responsibilities and a more impressive job title that tickles your ego. So when you are offered a step up the career ladder, it would seem madness to even think of turning down the offer. However, not all promotions are created equal. When the step up takes you in an unwanted direction and means that you will no longer be doing what you love, perhaps it’s wise to think twice about accepting the promotion. (Read More Here!)

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When Office Naps Backfire

By Deanna Bonaparte

Some would stand by the notion that getting a quick shut-eye in the middle of the day helps to raise productivity levels in the later half. In fact, a number of leading companies offer nap rooms and encourage afternoon naps in an effort to raise levels of engagement and focus among employees. MetroNaps, a New York company that produces ‘sleeping pods’ resembling space-age lounge chairs, sees leading companies like Google, Huffington Post and Cisco Systems requiring their resources. Employers eager to appeal to employees who want their work to be validated with a good work life balance have no qualms about allowing them some time off their desks for an afternoon nap. But lurking behind these comfortable lounge chairs and afternoon naps are some surprising drawbacks. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Accept an Overseas Job Assignment?

Question: I’ve recently been offered a job assignment overseas. What are some of the things I should consider when making my decision?

Answer: When people think of expatriates, they think of cushy lifestyles involving a generous living allowance, company cars and – if there are children in the picture – a fully-funded education for the young ones at an international school. (Read More Here!)

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The Good That Can Come Out of Having a Bad Boss

By Desiree Yang

Workplace relations are often tricky and it’s not uncommon for employees to have a gripe with their bosses – especially if he or she has working habits or personality traits that simply rub people the wrong way. On the other hand, some of you might find ourselves fortunate enough to be working for a great boss who inspires and motivates you and helps you learn and improve. But if you haven’t had the privilege of such good fortune, here are a few lessons that you can glean from your otherwise unpleasant circumstances. (Read More Here!)

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Busy is the New Black

By Koh Wanzi

For many ambitious workers eager to scale the corporate ladder, the next five or 10 years are laid out on a carefully planned roadmap. As they hunker down over their career plans and meticulously planned schedules, they are sure that determination, grit, and utter dedication to their work will get them to where they want to be. Most times, these are the same people who constantly lament about how “busy” they are, complete with the obligatory pair of furrowed brows and troubled expression. More often than not, these are veiled boasts and these people would dread the alternative – having too much spare time on their hands. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Take a Promotion Without a Raise?

Question: My boss has offered me a promotion but there is a catch – I will not be getting a pay raise. Should I still take up the offer?

Answer: Even though you have lived your life understanding that one cannot always have his cake and eat it too, you may still find it difficult to wrap your head around the idea that a promotion and a pay raise do not necessarily come hand in hand. (Read More Here!)

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When Companies Force You to Resign

By Deanna Bonaparte

The nature of a resignation implies that you are leaving a company entirely out of your own accord. But what happens if your company resorts to artful, unscrupulous means to bulldoze you out of the picture? Do you brave the winds and remain firm or crumble under the pressure and resign? Although it might sit better with prospective employers when they learn that you resigned instead of being dismissed, a thorny situation like this requires you to stay calm and think through the ups and downs of both outcomes. (Read More Here!)

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How SaaS has Re-Shaped the Hiring Landscape

By Koh Wanzi

When hiring managers want to fill a position, they will put up a job advertisement via print and/or online channels. They will then (passively) await applications from interested jobseekers before shortlisting appropriate candidates for an interview. As you can imagine, this traditional hiring model has its limitations. Modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hiring models, such as the Talent Network (TN), promise to revolutionise the hiring landscape by helping employers like yourself build up a ‘talent pipeline’ to gain access to a far larger pool of potential hires and fill vacant positions promptly. (Read More Here!)

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Getting a Good Night's Rest

By Desiree Yang

Everyone knows that nothing beats retreating into the comfort of one’s bed for a good night’s rest after a long day at work. But what happens when the eight hours of sleep you get leaves you feeling just as exhausted as you were before you fell asleep? (Read More Here!)

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